Introduction to James 1:5

James 1:5-8 ESV “5If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”

James 1:5 NIV “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5 KJV “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Jas 1:5 launches a new stream of ideas beginning with wisdom and ending with foolishness in v. 8. James often uses stark comparisons to make vivid points. This passage is one of many such examples. Verse 5 starts with a recommendation to seek wisdom by asking God. James assures us God will be generous in his answer to such a request. Verse 5 does not stand alone for we see v. 6 establishes a specific requirement directed to us. In our study of v. 5, we will explore wisdom, asking God for things, the nature of prayer and answers to prayer, and giving.


About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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One Response to Introduction to James 1:5

  1. Michael Knudsen says:

    This one caught my eye because James 1:5 is a key verse in Mormon history. That was the verse Joseph Smith read in April 1820 that inspired him to take the walk in the woods that culminated in his first vision of the Father and the Son, and the opening of what we see as the Restoration. It’s a great verse, full of hope for all of us. It’s comforting for me to know that God will respond “liberally” to my humble queries and that I won’t be “upbraided” for asking. So many people in this world don’t see the point in praying or don’t feel that they will be answered. This scripture assures us we will be answered, if, as the next verse requires, we ask in faith, nothing wavering.

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